Cynthia Walters

Miss Walters left a distinct mark of leadership during her 32 years of devoted service in the athletic department of Grove City College. An outstanding organizer, she made an immeasurable impact on women’s athletics both on campus and throughout the collegiate community in western Pennsylvania.

Walters joined the faculty in 1966 as an instructor of physical education, directing the annual Synchronized Swimming Water Show, assisting with Parents’ Weekend and assisting with the intramural sports program.

As the student population increased along with the interest in women’s sports, she took on the full leadership of these special programs and launched the Over-40 Swim class for the community.

Her vision and leadership led to the women’s varsity programming in the 1970s as tennis, volleyball, basketball and softball achieved varsity status. Before her retirement in 1998, a total of nine varsity programs were launched under her guidance.

“Cindy” initiated the founding and served as first president of the Women’s Keystone Conference, the first women’s athletic conference for private colleges in western Pennsylvania during the 1970s and 1980s. Grove City emerged as one of the league’s preeminent members.

That carried over, with her assistance, as the Presidents’ Athletic Conference developed a full schedule for women’s varsity competition.

Recognized for her leadership abilities, Walters was inducted into the ODK national leadership honor society in 1976. In 1985 she was the campus winner of the Florence E. MacKenzie Campus-Community Awards.

In addition to directing the water show and Parents’ Weekend, other timely assignments included coaching the women’s field hockey club team, and advising Cwens (now Crown & Sceptre), Women’s Athletic Association, and the cheerleaders.